It’s a little weird to admit, but I’m obsessed with “day in the life” posts. I love sitting behind my computer screen all creepy like, feeling like I’m getting a secret glimpse into a blogger’s daily life. I love knowing what time people wake up, what brand of toothpaste they use, and what they eat for lunch. It really thrills me.

Oh, my sad little life. 

And as much as I over-share here in my little corner of the internet, I’ve never actually done a day in MY life post. You’re shocked, I know. But I believe it’s time to change that. I now present to you, NSB’s very first Day In the RIVETING Life post. Brace yourself.

4:30am // Wake the hell up.

Turn on lamp. Rub eyes. Sit there for a minute before deciding that I work really hard, and I deserve a snooze. So snooze I did. And nine minutes later, I was up and at ‘em. (Taylor is usually gone by 5 most mornings, but he had a big test, so he was up at 3:45 and out of the house by 4am. I know. It’s terrible.)

4:42am // Head into my home office. AKA the corner that houses the foam roller, the chair that Taylor hates, and the $20 Target ottoman.

This is usually when I make the morning blog rounds and/or work on any current or upcoming NSB posts. This morning I caught up my Bloglovin’ feed and added the finishing touches to this post before publishing. I also spent a solid 10 minutes watching YouTube videos because mornings are for productivity.

5:45am // Shower time. I was going to take pictures of that but then I realized my phone isn’t waterproof and I was like UGGHHH.

6:00am // I emerge from shower clean and ready to take on the world, but immediately realized the YouTube-ing put me about ten minutes behind schedule. The frantic and half-assed blow drying and curling begins and ends, and then it’s time to put on the  mask.

6:55am // DONE.

6:57am // Set out running clothes for the evening.

7:00am // Time to make the bed. I’m not proud of it, but coming home to an unmade bed after a long day of work has the power to put me in an instantly pissy mood. So I really really try to make the bed most days of the week. Our bed is pretty simple, so it really only takes about two minutes.

7:05am // BREAKFAST.

Overnight oats in a jar recipe from Katie Did What with peanut butter and banana.

With turkey bacon because MEAT.

7:30am // Head to work. Catch a killer pink sunrise and attempt a photo whilst driving.

7:39am // Arrive at work (I know – rough commute). Take the stairs because of some stupid commitment I made to only myself. Five floors is a long f’in way.

8:30am // Work a bit, and then it’s coffee time. A little Folger’s classic with dulce de leche creamer is spot on. We have a Keurig at home, but I still almost always wait until work for my cup of coffee. Honestly, Folgers tastes better and I like the 67 million creamer choices my office offers.

10:30am // Work. Boring. Time for snack. Today it’s  a little pack of peaches.

I was about five bites in when I glanced at the label and realized my peaches were sitting in artificially sweetened water. I had a minor freakout (sucralose scares the shit out of me) and immediately chunked the rest in the trash.

Work. Work. More work.

12:30pm // LUNCH TIME. Sunday night leftovers – chicken taco with black beans, chips, and Chipotle guac.

I get an hour break for lunch. Sometimes I leave the office, sometimes I don’t. Today is a pretty busy Monday and I’m still catching up from when I was sick last week, so I opt to stay in. After lunch I was still hungry, so I munched on some carrots and ranch.

Work. Still more work. Get bored, take a selfie.

2:45pm // Nutella break. Nom-licious.

3:20pm // Getting antsy. Opt for a quick trip outside and a walk around the building to wake me up a little.

Take the stairs AGAIN on the way back up. It hurt more this time.

3:28pm // Return back to my desk and see I’ve missed my daily Taylor call. Call him back and chat about absolutely nothing.

5:27pm // FREEDOM. JK – just time to leave work. It’s a gorgeous day and I start to get depressed when I hop in my car and realize how much I’ve missed by being cooped up in the office all day.

Snap a photo of my favorite spot on my drive home. Safely, of course.

5:40pm // I’m home, and Taylor is thrilled. JUST KIDDING. I force him to take this photo and he is less than enthused. But he’s pretty good at faking it, no?

5:45pm // Set out ingredients for a quick dinner that Taylor can get started on while I’m running. Try not to pass judgment on the girl who had an artificial sweetener freakout. I still like my enriched macaroni product and buttery garlic bread.

6:00pm // Time for a RUN. According to the training plan, tonight it’s four miles. The sunset looks all fall and stuff and it makes my heart happy.

6:38pm // Snap a quick selfie before heading home.

6:40pm // I walk in the door to a house that smells like ground turkey and find Taylor standing by the stove literally watching water boil. I make fun of him, HARD. Then I shut up when I realize he’s making dinner and I’m lying on the ground in a pool of my own sweat.

7:00pm // DINNER TIME. We’re old people, and we actually never eat this late, I just wanted to get my run in right after work. It’ll probably start being this way from now on with fall and daylight savings coming up.

7:15pm //  Cleanup and pack leftovers for our lunches tomorrow.

7:40pm // COUCH TIME. Blog/watch Property Brothers (which is now on Netflix in case you didnt’ know).

Force one more selfie and ignore the comment from Taylor about how terrible I smell.

8:45pm // Hop in the shower. Again, lack of waterproof camera. I know you’re all disappointed.

9:10pm // Taylor hops in the shower and I camp out in bed watching New Girl and making the the last of the blog rounds for the evening.

9:48pm // LIGHTS OUT!

And that, my friends, was a complete and total, no holds barred, day in the life.

I told you it was riveting.

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

PS – The lovely Sara & Liz of Lady Bits Podcast were kind enough to feature me on their Real Talk Blog today. Click HERE to check it out!

 

 

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  • Wow! You wake up really early! I’m a morning person and wake up naturally at 5 something as long as I went to bed at a decent time, but 4 something just sounds crazy early to me.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      I agree. Waking up in the 4 o’clock hour is hard mentally, it just FEELS so much earlier! But it also makes me feel like I’m getting SO much more time in my mornings. I don’t always wake up quite that early, sometimes it’s 5 or later too! But I usually have more energy and ambition at the beginning of the week and it tends to trail as the week goes on!ReplyCancel

  • WE USE THE SAME BB CREAM. I think you would appreciate that I got up at 455 this morning and I sort of feel productive like you buuuuuuut your days are actually WAY more productive than mine and now I’m insecure also your hair is beautiful and I want it.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      HUSH. Also does it blow your mind that those tiny little things of BB cream are like never ending? They last FOREVERRR and I don’t understand. It’s like the Mary Poppins bag.

      And yes, I’m so so proud.ReplyCancel

  • GIRL. Nobody should be awake that early. You cray. But seriously. ;) Also, I enjoyed this post immensely, I may just do one of my own again. It’s been awhile. And the water boiling thing made me laugh a lot. I would deffffinitely make fun of my husband for that too. Oh, aren’t they just so lucky to have us?

    xoReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Hahaha it was unreal. He stood there staring for a good ten minutes. I was just like – you CANNOT be serious. The phrase “a watched pot NEVER boils” exists for a reason, bro!ReplyCancel

  • This was actually my first time reading a Day In The Life post, but I see what you’re saying – for some reason, they are super intriguing!

    Also, I’m super jealous that you can wake up that early and still function. I set my alarm for 7am and usually hit snooze until 7:40! And my bedtime is the same as yours…I think I need help. haha.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Hahahahaha – I laughed HARD just then. Oh to be able to get that much sleep! I’m so jealoussss. Besides having to be at work early, I just really enjoy that precious morning alone time.

      PS – I just read your post about the elephant sanctuary. I now need guacamole AND that sweatshirt.ReplyCancel

  • Property Brothers is on Netflix!? Oh boy, my evenings just got less productive.

    I’m with you…Day in the Life posts intrigue me. Thanks for sharing yours!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Well anytime! And yes, you’re welcome in advance for the HOURS wasted! :) ReplyCancel

  • Isn’t it crazy how fun it is to ready about other people’s lives? I am impressed that you wake up that early to do blog stuff!ReplyCancel

  • 1. I also love day in the life posts. My husband thinks it’s creepy. He always looks over and is like “oh who’s that?” and then I have to re-explain how blogging works and how it is perfectly normal to read about/look at pictures of people you have never met.

    2. My favorite part of the post was that dinner was from 7:00-7:15. Now I am curious how long it takes me to eat dinner…

    3. You just made me hungry for spaghetti, nutella and chipotle.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Hahaha, why do husbands have such a hard time understanding?! And yes, that 15 minutes was probably an over exaggeration. It seems like I spend all this time cooking, we sit down, and then like FIVE SECONDS later it’s gone. UGH.ReplyCancel

  • You get up at 04:30, and go to bed around 10pm…. that is pretty hardcore.
    I get up at 06:30 (actually that’s not true, my alarm goes off at 06:30, I actually drag my ass out of bed around 07:10) and then after going to work and dinner I’m usually back in bed at 9:30 pm, exhausted.

    Shit. I’m an old person.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Well last night I downed an entire bottle of wine, went to bed at 10:15, and I slept in until 6 and I feel like shit. I’M an old person.ReplyCancel

  • Erin

    loooove that blanket on your bed. also where are your running shorts from? i love the kind with a thick elastic waistband!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Thanks! I snagged that blanket at Home Goods during Christmas last year for $20! Taylor hates it, which makes me love it even more.

      The shorts are New Balance Impact shorts. They are honest to God, the BEST shorts I’ve ever run in. Period. They were $50 which killed me to buy, but I honestly need to go buy another pair because I want to run in them every day. They are so so soft and comfy and I don’t chafe in them which is also a plus!ReplyCancel

  • I have to admit, that while I’m not usually into day in the life posts – I loved this. You are hilarious.

    And I will faithfully stand next to texas cheese toast til I die – despite also thinking that fake processed sugars are of the devil…

    Glad I’m not alone.ReplyCancel

  • You make me want to wake up earlier! I usually am up by 5:45 every work day morning, but I never have enough time! Also, isn’t it so hard getting a walk or run in now that it’s getting darker earlier?? My dog hates it!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Ugh YES! So much harder. And I’m so tired so much earlier. AND the time hasn’t even changed yet!ReplyCancel

  • I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!! This one of the best “Day in the Life” posts yet. You are awesome and I commend you for getting up so darn early, you go girl. I did this post back in Aug and yours puts mine to shame! ;-)

    XOXO,
    Liz
    http://www.TheFitnessBlondie.comReplyCancel

(If you’re here for the weekend recap, you’re too late. It already happened. It was a little dull, but there was a photo of a giant Hello Kitty Pez dispenser. If that interests you, click HERE to get caught up.)

There are just a handful of things about our little home that I take pride in, and one of those is my bookshelf. My collection is small, humble, and eclectic. And it’s certainly not vast or distinguished. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t littered with some fabulous but slightly embarrassing finds (think Kardashian Konfidential or John & Kate + Eight).

But every book on that shelf is there for a reason. Maybe it was a gift, or a recommendation. Maybe it was a childhood favorite, or a garage sale steal. Whatever the reason, I love them all. But there’s a small handful that make up what I’ve come to believe are the best books on my shelf.

1 // A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a novel that follows the tumultuous lives and relationships of two Afghan women  under the Taliban regime. Allison recommended this one to me about 4 years ago, and it didn’t take more than a couple pages to figure out why. It’s a brilliant, gripping, and beautifully written story that weighed heavily on my heart and left me begging for more.

 

2 // Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller

Donald Miller has been called “the voice of a new generation of evangelicals.” And for damn good reason. I first read Blue Like Jazz when I was about 16 years old. It’s another one that Allison picked up first and then immediately forced on me. (Think of how empty my bookshelf would be without that girl!) I remember reading it for the first time and finally feeling like I wasn’t alone in my questions and doubts. This book bleeds the kind of brutal honesty that I crave when it comes to religion and Christianity. It left me feeling understood and challenged, both as a struggling teenager and as a stumbling adult.

 

3 // Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres

I love a good memoir, and this is one of my favorites. It’s a haunting read that chronicles Julia Scheeres’ childhood growing up with two adopted black brothers and two hyper-religious but abusive parents. What I loved so much about this book was how Julia tells her really harrowing story without even the slightest tone of self-pity. She comes across as strong and resilient, yet still relatable. Her story is just so damn interesting. Jesus Land is definitely one of my favorite reads of all time.

 

4 // The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Another Allison recommendation that took me way too long to finally read.  But once I started, this tragic and compelling memoir was one that I couldn’t put down. Jeannette Walls grew up with an alcoholic father and a mentally ill mother. The cast of real life characters hooked me from the very beginning. Her story is both disturbing and bittersweet, and was instantly one of my very favorites.

 

5 // A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

It’s heart-wrenching and life changing. A Long Way Gone opened my eyes to a world we like to pretend does not exist. I feel like any further description I try to give of this book won’t do it justice. So I’ll just quote directly from the book’s website -

There may be as many as 300,000 child soldiers, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s, in more than fifty conflicts around the world. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. He is one of the first to tell his story in his own words.”

6 // Other People’s Love Letters – 150 Letters You Were Never Meant to See; Edited by Bill Shapiro

Other People’s Love Letters provided such a unique experience. It reads like a coffee table book, and each page pulled me deeper and deeper in to the lives of these mystery couples. A collection of handwritten letters, emails, and notes scribbled on napkins – Other People’s Love Letters was an instant favorite.

 

7 // Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

If you liked Eat, Pray, Love – you will LOVE Committed. I read Eat, Pray, Love years ago, but then last year Allison (again) told me about Committed – the follow up to Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir in Eat, Pray, Love. It’s an open-minded and thoughtful look at what it takes to have an enduring, committed, and fulfilling relationship. Committed takes a close look into the dynamics of marriage, both modern and traditional, across the world and in her own life.

 

8 // Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Lean In is one that I just finished reading. In my opinion, it’s a book for everyone. It’s empowering and eye-opening. Both for self-proclaimed feminists and those who shudder at the “f” word. It’s a truly incredible read. Sheryl Sandberg’s perspective and journey to becoming one of the most powerful women in the US today is both thought provoking and invaluable. It left me realizing how far we as women have come over the past few decades, and also how far we still have to go.

Have you read any of the above? What are the best books on your shelf? What are your must-reads?

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • I’m reading “Committed” right now…REALLY interesting read!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      I love love LOVED it! Like SO MUCH. The tagline drew me in from the get-go. Making peace with marriage is HARD. I just adored every word of it. And I want to have a drink with Elizabeth Gilbert!ReplyCancel

  • I LOVED The Glass Castle. I’ve recommended it to so many. I love that it makes you look at parenting so differently.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      I read it on a flight to NYC last year, and it was just so so riveting. I need to pick up more of her books!ReplyCancel

  • These all sound amazing! And also like they would add some adult legitimacy to my embarrassing collection of YA fiction.ReplyCancel

  • Really intrigued by Jesus Land based on your description of it! Thanks for this list, I’m always looking for more books to read!

    To extend the same courtesy, check out Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Definitely tops my list – it’s about a woman in her 20s who hikes the Pacific Crest Trail by herself! It’s a lot more than just the physical journey, too. Oh and “A Life Without Limits: A World Champion’s Journey” by Chrissie Wellington. This woman has made me completely love her and look up to her through her book. She’s a beautiful writer and makes every race so interesting to read about. (Like race reports? This book is full of the greatest race reports!)ReplyCancel

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns is on my favorite reads shelf as well!! Such an eye-opening read to Islamic culture and empathy for women.

    Since I see you like a lot of Christian books, I recommend John Steinbeck’s East of Eden (amazingly inspiring take on free will and the Bible) and A Severe Mercy (an autobiography of a couple who converts mid-marriage, and they were personal friends of CS Lewis so it contains his letters/advice).ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      I’m always surprised of how few people have heard of A Thousand Splendid Suns and how many have heard of Kite Runner! Glad you loved it too! It was such an emotional read for me!

      Oooooh, I will definitely have to check those two out. Thanks for the recommendations!ReplyCancel

  • The Glass Castle was an amazing book and very eye opening! I’ve been wanting to read A Thousand Splendid Suns as well. You recommended some books that sound like something I would like to read so I’ll be on the look out for them now!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      You’ve definitely got to read Splendid Suns! :) ReplyCancel

  • I’ve been wanting read Lean In for a while, it sounds like a great book!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      It’s so eye opening but also empowering! The entire time I was reading I was just like UH HUH preach sister!ReplyCancel

  • great list! love several of these.
    my curveball to throw is ‘bonhoeffer: pastor, prophet, martyr, spy.” by eric metaxas. fascinating, life changing read about my favorite theologian. there is an abridged version that i’m recommending to everyone. the full book is a major, months-long commitment. i absolutely loved it, but i was also on bed rest. i had time i could commit.

    and if you haven’t read “love does” by bob goff, then you should jump on that one, too. he’s one of donald miller’s mentors. i actually picked the book up because donald wrote the foreword. such a fun read. i loved him by the opening sentence.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Yes! I actually have Love Does, but I haven’t read it yet, I definitely definitely need to though!ReplyCancel

  • […] NSB posts. This morning I caught up my Bloglovin’ feed and added the finishing touches to this post before publishing. I also spent a solid 10 minutes watching YouTube videos because mornings are for […]ReplyCancel

  • Somebody gave me The Glass Castle like 5 years ago and I’ve still never read it. I think I tried to but just couldn’t get into it so I”m a total failure.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      READ IT. Okay don’t read it. I forgive you for not being able to get into it. I like really dark and depressing memoirs so it was right up my alley.ReplyCancel

As the weeks go by, I realize more and more how little people seem to care about what I do on the weekends. And to that I’m like, YEAH, I get it. It’s not very interesting. It’s basically just pictures of various meals.

And yet, I just keep on postin’. Because I’m the blogging BOSS.

And also because what the hell else am I supposed to do with all the pictures I take from Friday-Sunday? See? It’s a real problem.

On Friday night, we feasted.

On Saturday, I ran.

Taylor brought home my favorite bagels. I wanted to re-marry him all over again.

Then Saturday evening, I enjoyed a kick ass dinner with these two.

 

In case there were ever any doubts, we are most definitely carnivores.

And Tillman’s delicious tableside s’mores for dessert.

After dinner, we wandered around Bishop Arts District for a bit trying to digest our food and get the most of our $5 valet fee.

Sunday morning I woke up to this text.

I laughed, but then I thought – OH MY GOD SHE’S RIGHT I NEED PANCAKES NOW. So I rolled over, smacked Taylor, and said, “Let’s go to Cracker Barrel!”

My craving fulfilled

Giant Hello Kitty Pez just shot to the top of my Christmas list. Please take note.

And now I am le tired. Because tomorrow is Monday, and that simple fact is enough to exhaust me.

 

The end.

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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The week is almost over. I survived two brutal sick days, and have almost survived three brutal work days. And now it’s that time again. IT’S FRIDAY FAVORITES TIME Y’ALL.

1. This video. The New York Times Magazine treated six second graders from P.S. 295 in Brooklyn to dinner at Daniel, where the seven-course tasting menu goes for $220 a person. And duh, they filmed it. What followed was totally epic. Not to mention giggle-inducing.

To vampires!

2. Yesterday’s post on the things I’m going to miss.  Am I allowed to make one of my own posts a Friday Favorite? Sure I am. I shed a few tears while writing it, and reading the sweet comments from all of you made my heart happy and heavy all at the same time.

3. Soup weather. Is it really soup weather? Nah. But in Texas, any day under 90 degrees warrants comfort food. And this week we had three days under 90 (just barely) so bring on the soup. And lots of it.

4. This lipstick. A few weeks ago, I was back-stalking my own photos from my most recent wine-o date night with Lindsay and I fell in love with her lipstick. I fell even more in love when I texted her and she told me it was freakin’ Wet N’ Wild and it could be mine for the low low price of $1.97.

Um, yes I’ll take 9 please.

Anyway, it’s now my favorite favorite favorite favorite color of all time. And if you want to see a picture of it actually on, please see above picture, below picture, and basically any picture taken of me in the last two weeks and the next five years.

5. This surprise!

This little lady is getting married and she wants me to party with her?!

I was undecided at first, but then she handed me the popcorn and I was like UM, OKAY SIGN ME UP PLEASE. Syd, I am SO SO excited for you, and I can’t wait to get this party started!

And that is IT. The next few days will be made up of long runs, girl’s nights, and gorgeous weather. Bring it on, weekend!

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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Last weekend, Taylor and I were headed downtown for the evening. It was just the two of us, driving down the highway, getting ready for a night out, and I had one of those “aha” moments. I’m not sure what it was. The excitement of the night ahead, a good song on the radio, my hand in his. Whatever it was, all of it just hit me like a ton of bricks

This is one of those moments that I’m going to miss.

It’s been almost six months of newlywed bliss, and it’s been so much fun. Busy as hell, but man it’s been good.

Everybody warned us that the first year would be the hardest. Well, knock on wood, but newlywed life has been good to us. I’m not naive enough to believe these first 365 days are really the hardest times we’ll see, just because a bunch of well-meaning people told me so. And sure, we’ve got another six months to go till we are officially “in the clear,” but damn, if this is the hardest? We’re living one charmed little life.

Maybe we had a leg up, being together for five years before we tied the knot. Maybe they were wrong, maybe the second year is the hardest, maybe the tenth, maybe the twentieth. Or maybe we both just got lucky. I don’t really know. What I do know, is life is pretty sweet for us right now.

And we’ve got big plans for the next few years. The house, the dream jobs, the kids?! There are a lot of incredible moments ahead for the two of us. But as we were driving down the highway Saturday, just the two of us, I realized – there’s also a lot that I know I’ll miss.

I’ll miss the laughing fits at bedtime, when neither of us can seem to wind down.

I’ll miss anxiously waiting outside the bathroom for him to get out of the shower, because one bedroom/one bathroom apartment struggles are real.

I’ll miss coming home to him every day. I’ll miss the sweet routine that the fire academy has allowed us these last six months.

I’ll miss the afternoon calls every day at 3:30pm. The ones where he calls just to ask me how my day has been as he’s headed home from his.

I’ll miss having him beside me every single night, and the comfort it brings me, just knowing that he’s safe.

I’ll miss the monotonous week nights, both of us squeezed onto our tiny hand-me-down couch, binge watching Netflix and sharing a bag of chocolate chips.

I’ll miss the crazy Saturday nights of one too many shots of fireball. And I’ll miss the 2am runs to Whataburger that always seem follow.

I’ll miss the quiet Sunday mornings that are a product of those nights out. The ones where it’s just me and him, laying around in our PJs until noon, avoiding our long list of grown-up to dos.

I’ll miss having him all to myself.

Life is going to throw us some crazy curveballs, I know it will. But for right now, it’s just the two of us, tackling life together. And I don’t want to miss a thing.

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

 

 

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  • Luanne Ray

    Nat,
    You are far wiser than I was at your age. When I was young, I was always in a hurry. I rarely stopped to appreciate the wonderful moments I experienced as a newlywed, a new mother, a new home owner, etc. I didn’t stop to think that I would never experience any of those moments again. All I was interested in was looking to the future and getting to the next stop in my journey. But then my husband left, my future ended and, not only didn’t I have a future, but I didn’t have many memories of the past wonderful moments I experienced. I have some pictures of the past which help to fill in those lost moments, but making memories by stopping to smell the roses and appreciating every minute of your life will last longer and make your heart more full. I’ve started doing that now. It only took me 40 years to become as wise as you are. I’m just thankful I finally got here. Thanks for sharing your blog. I really enjoy it.
    Love,
    LuanneReplyCancel

    • natalie

      You’re the sweetest Luanne! Thanks for all the love :) ReplyCancel

  • I love this post. You make me so excited to get married one day. So glad you’re with your one. You two seem like the sweetest couple.
    ps. I think I e-mailed you a couple days ago, not sure if it went through. Let me know and I can re-send it!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Hey Molly, I did get it! I’m catching up with emails, but I just sent you a response! :) ReplyCancel

  • Brittany

    Sigh… this is so beautiful and hits home so hard. Even when we got the puppy–things changed. Sleeping in on weekends and laying in bed before tackling the world has turned into waking up and trying to keep as quiet as possible until the puppy inevitably hears us and starts barking. Lets just hope that’s a phase we’ll train him out of.

    Enjoy!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      I completely get it! It’s crazy how even the smallest things have the power to change the dynamic of relationships. Not that those changes are good or bad, just different! I just wish I could slow down some of these good times!ReplyCancel

  • Beautifully written, friend! Makes me want to go snuggle Andy and then….nothing else, that’s all I’m not being inappropriate in public the end goodbye.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      BAHAHA. I’m crying cuz you’re FUNNY.ReplyCancel

  • I think being together for awhile definitely gives you a leg up. You know each other’s quirks already. Here’s to many more happy years (and an easy next 6 months)ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Thanks Stephanie! I think in our case, it helped. I know a lot of other people who can say the opposite of their relationship. Who really knows?! Thanks for the well wishes!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks so much for writing this post, I absolutely loved it. I’ve been dating my college boyfriend for almost a year now, and sometimes I’m too worried about what’s coming in the future to appreciate the wonderful moments we’re having in the present. Thanks for reminding me to take a deep breath and appreciate the little things as they come :) ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      I completely understand. It’s hard when you are dating! Especially when it feels like everyone else’s lives are moving so quickly around you! Just enjoy the moment!ReplyCancel

  • This is such a sweet post! Too often in life we get so caught up in our plans and forget to appreciate the here and now- it’s so important to notice what it is about right now that is so great.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Thank you, I totally agree! I’m trying to be better about it :) ReplyCancel

  • our first year was (mostly) blissful… or at least bliss in our marriage (because there were so many other circumstances going on)… and our second and now the beginning of our third have been wonderful too. i think there’s something to say for the marriages that are so busy being thankful for what the time holds in this moment while looking forward to the future that makes it hard to get caught up in those fits and struggles. like there’s a bigger perspective understanding and that’s beautiful and freeing for marriage. :) ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      So completely agree Amber. I think the best marriage advice I received was to take ALL the advice with a grain of salt, focus on your relationship, and just be YOU. It’s worked out pretty well so far!ReplyCancel

  • I love this! I have been feeling like this a lot lately. It’s the one time in our life that’s it’s just the two of us- no pets, no kids. As much as I want to start a family soon I’m trying to just sit back and enjoy this time. Also, I kept waiting during the first year for that hard part but it was pretty great for us too!ReplyCancel

  • I love this!! I understand the laughing fits when you’re supposed to be winding down. I can’t think of how many mornings I’ve went to work dragging because my husband and I were up so late the night before giggling about NOTHING. It is seriously one of the best parts of marrying your best friend. I feel like everything you said hit home for me since my husband will leave for an academy in January for 6 months, too.

    You guys are so sweet and silly – two of the most fun things to see in a relationship/marriage. ;) Great post!ReplyCancel

  • awww i really like this and i’m so glad you are conscious to appreciate this time right now because it will inevitably change because life happens. makes me want to sit and watch netflix while eating chocolate chips allll night!

    happy for your loveReplyCancel